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I Always Do My Collars First Documentary

cycler1729 | Posted in General Discussion on


Short (25 minutes) documentary about ironing in French Louisiana.  Charming.



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  1. Gloriasews | | #1

    Thanks so much for sharing this!  I loved it, & can certainly relate to their comments.  It was a well-done film & a lovely family.  Charming, indeed!  Thanks, again.

  2. rodezzy | | #2

    That was great to watch.  Many of my relatives were from the south and ironing was something I learned to do with Argo Starch.  I had to iron my fathers shirts and I better not have any "cat eyes" in them.   giggle.

  3. jjgg | | #3

    Interesting video. It was made at my Alma Matter. But, I too was taught to iron the collar first, and I have taught my two sons to iron their shirts in the same manner. My mothers theory was that you do the small parts first that won't wrinkle so much while you do the larger body parts.

    Do I iron my husbands shirts - He!! NO! I have a wonderful heavy iron, but it's for sewing, not pressing clothes. If something needs ironing, I don't wear it! LOL! I certainly don't judge anyone on their ironing, there are more important things in life to worry about.

  4. fabricmaven | | #4

    I was taught to iron the collar first also. My Father was a CPO in the US Navy. When I was ten years old I was informed by him that he needed his dress Khaki  uniform shirt ironed perfectly with the proper creases down the back. Do it now, no excuses. My Mother was in the hospital giving birth to fifth but not last child. I was the oldest. I will never forget how over whelmed I was at figuring out how to iron a dress regulation military shirt. I did it after many attempts and a lot of criticism from my father. When I think back on it now, I wonder why if he was so much smarter than me that he just didn't do it himself and by the way, why wasn't he at the hospital with my mother? Back then my mother had a mangle iron and by the time I was eight years old I became rather adept at ironing sheets, pillow cases, blouses and shirts. I thought it was fun. Back to men's shirts. I always iron the collar first then the back, cuffs and sleeves next then the front. Always looks great. I hate doing it but want the people I love to look like someone loves them.

    1. jjgg | | #5

      My mother had a mangle, I wish I had one! I know you can find them on ebay.

  5. ohiostar | | #6

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I was taught to iron by my grandmother who was a laundress in New Orleans. It brought back memories of how my grandmother spoke. I was privileged to visit NO for the first time this year and see where my grandmother was born and raised, as well as my uncles, and to walk the streets of the French Quarter. My grandmother loved cloth, and I think I have this gift from her.

    1. cycler1729 | | #7

      Glad you liked it!
      I always loved to iron when I was younger - I'd put on a great record and just feel the iron glide moving to the music. Very calming.

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